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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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2,809 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,809
Reviews: 921
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1,060
Gots: 534 | FT: 54
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Photo of ballz50401
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red with steady carbonation. Nice head that is reddish/tan in appearance.

Smell: I get a nice spicy belgian yeast character paired with a bold cherry aroma. Very pleasent and inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A very good, smooth cherry flavor. Nice and sweet with a touch of oak character. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: A nice little treat that doesn't disappoint.

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Anniefannies
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a semi-dark, ruby red color. Mostly hazy in body, with a medium, 1.5 finger head when poured into a New Glarus flute glass. Retention is decent, sticking around a little before fading into a thin film on the top of the beer. Lacing is pretty good throughout.

S- Big, sweet cheery notes hit the nose right off the bat and persist throughout. The scent is mostly sweet, but the cherries do carry some sour bite to them as well in the scent.

T- Similar to the scent, starting with big cherries flavors up front. Cherries start sweet and inviting, then move a little toward the sour end before making a small retreat towards sweetness. In the middle of all of the cherries, there is definitely wheat and grain flavors, as well as a mustiness, I think from the Belgian style malts. No hops bitterness detectable as mentioned in the description on the label.

M- Light to medium body as far as flavor goes. The cherry is strong, making it feel slightly heavier than it really is. This is highly carbonated, making it feel a little like a champagne.

Overall, a terrific American take on the Belgian Kriek style. Not quite a sour as a Belgian Kriek might be, but attribute that to the lack of a lambic base. Glad I got around to this before they ran dry in Wisconsin, but sad to here that we'll be without it this year.

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Bernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours an opaque, black cherry red. Small, bubbly, pinkish-colored head that leaves a bit of lace.

S: Big aromas of black cherry and sweet fruit.

T: Wonderful spicy black cherry. I also noticed a hint of yeast or wheat lurking in the background.

M: Creamy and prickly, too.

D: So easy to drink. What an incredible beer!

Photo of samie85
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy, dark red sort of looks like cranberry juice with a quickly dissipating head.

S- Smells like juicy, tart cherries.

T- The main taste is that of tart cherries, then transitions a bit of sweetness and finishes with a tart crispness that makes me want to keep drinking.

M-Very well carbonated but manages to have a kind of smooth, slick mouthfeel. Pretty nice.

D- This is one of most easy drinking beers I've had, even with the sweetness. Whenever I take a drink, I just want to keep drinking.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Co-reviewed with Jesus Quintana

I gave it a 4, Jesus gave 4. Great reddish color with a touch of chill haze, keeps about the same head which is not that much, but has fantastic lacing, with sheets adhering to the glass on every sip.

Smell, me 4.5, Jesus 4. Smells like a wonderful carbonated fruit juice.

Taste. Me 4.5, Jesus, 5. You would expect a syrupy content coming from a beer made of fruit, but yet I gotta say it's almost wine-wooler-esque, with a finish of beer. A strange descriptor, to be sure, but make no mistake, this stuff tastes damn good.

Syrupy, and very tart, yet still very sweet. Lingering sweet and sour cherries. Me 4, Jesus 4.

Overall drinks GREAT. I give it a five, and Jesus concurs.

With the weighted average, I give Jesus the tie-breaker on the weighted average, for taste.

Hail New Glarus!

Photo of garymuchow
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is a very pleasing sweet/sour presentation of cherries.
Pours a pinkish,darkish cherry red with ambers of brown and orange. Pinkish/tannish head with some girth and stamina.
Flavor is nice sweet/sour cherry with a cherry phosphate quality that's not exceedingly sweet. No extract type flavors. A small yeasty quality.
Adequately carbonated leaving a bubbly effect on the tongue. Thick enough.
Really nice dessert beer, but it also maintains a refreshing quality, leaving it as a summer drink too. So nice all around.

Photo of mattmarka1
4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RocketCityVol
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz. Snifter

A: dark red and brown haze with a thin white head.
S: a heavy cherry, sugary aroma.
T: great cherry flavor with a very tart finish.
M: medium bodied with a smooth finish that lingers on the tongue.
O: amazing beer. Slightly better than serendipity.

Photo of Domingo
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has managed to get me to make several road trips to the Midwest just to bring it (and the Raspberry tart) back. Yup, it's that good. On my last trip I literally just bought the entire display at Woodman's.
Pours a deep maroon color with a pinkish head that levels out to a thick sheen across the top. Not really seeing a lot of fruit bits, so they likely filtered this pretty well, or they all sank to the bottom of the bottle with the yeast.
Smells like cherry pie. No artificial candy-like scents here. A little bit of grain and yeast lets you know it's a beer instead of a cherry wine.
The taste is fruity and delicious. Cherries, vanilla, cinnamon, and the barley still holds up to keep it from being too sweet or tart. Everything focuses on the cherry flavor, but it somehow balances.
Texture is moderate with a decent amount of carbonation to keep it a little thicker than what you might expect.
After finishing my glass I just keep wanting more. I think that's why I keep making that trip to Kenosha...
I love this stuff. It and it's raspberry brother are the best fruit beers in the world. I'll never quite understand why fruit-beer hating geeks love these as they're the fruitiest of them all...but who cares? This is GREAT.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a clear ruby red that is quite attractive, the head is a faint pink color, dense and creamy with a decent lace left behind.

S-wow, I've never smelled cherries like this, the are absolutely beautiful, tons of ripe fresh wet cherries with just a hint of sourness to it, notes of sugar and a touch of bready malt.

T-the taste is much of the same, bready malts, sugar, and the tastiest, ripest, juiciest cherries I've ever tasted. There is a light sourness but definitely present and adds some champagne like qualities to this.

M-medium bodied, smooth, creamy and syrupy with a champagne like feel as there is a ton of carbonation to add balance to the full texture of this brew. it is also somewhat dry in the finish.

D-this is just tasty, it isn't complex or adventurous, its just tons of delicious cherries with a light to even moderate amount of sourness with a great feel to it and enough malt body to give it some balance.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to LJArsenal, my Wisconsin pipeline, for this trade. I have to say that I wasn't expecting great things from a fruit beer, but god damn this is hitting the spot right now.

A - Bottle is sealed with red wax. Pours a deep red and brown with a beautiful 1/2 inch pinkish off-white head. Lacing goes all around the glass.

S - Lambic sourness with cherries prevalent in the background.

T - Syrupy cough medicine from childhood. Cherry and malt with other dark ripe fruit.

M - Thick and syrupy, mild carbonation tingle at the end. Coats the tongue similar to tannic wines.

D - A beer I'd want to drink around Christmas instead of those shitty macro Christmas beers.

Photo of ductape28
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Bruery Snifter

Poirus 1/2 finger of pink hued creamy white head. Fades t a ring and has good retention. Leaves some nice lace walls. Color is a hazed raspberry hued brown. Very nice looking.

Aroma: The cherries are amazing. Some yeast, but mainly fruity. It is mainly tart and filled with fruits. Very fresh. It is pretty solid. Wow. The cherries are so amazing.

Taste: Fresh cherries (along with some other fruit flavors). I get some yeast here, but not a lot. A nice malt backbone. This beer is fresh and the fruit is amazing. It doesn't have a lot of flavors, but this beer is drinking great.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and fruity, somewhat clean.

Overall, this beer is fantastic. I have had it multiple times and it always delivers. It is just so amazing. This is a beer I love to have access to. Very drinkable and it packs a huge fresh flavor.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pt 9 oz green glass bottle, capped, with red wax on the cap and neck. No freshness date. I estimate this bottle to be a few years old.

The bottle states that each bottle contains a pound of cherries, and I believe it! This is a very delicious cherry lambic-style (is there such a thing?) ale.

Pours a hazy, red-amber with good off-white foam that leaves nice lace down the glass (a flute, in this case). The smell was very pleasant: cherries, citrus, and a hint of spice. The taste was sweet and tart cherries with a little hint of cinnamon. Not too sweet, not too tart. The mouthfeel was creamy with medium body and moderate carbonation. This was a very nice and refreshing cherry ale. I enjoyed it very much. I can see why this is an award winner.

Photo of Svyturys30
4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ojgio
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed with Montmorency Cherries (purportedly a pound of whole cherries per bottle), locally grown wheat, and Hallertau hops, the beer is then left to mature in 12 ft. tall oak tanks. Okay, great, let's get to it. Murky ruby-hue capped by a flamingo-pink head appearance and harbors an aroma reeking of unabashed cherrynicity, there's nothing fake or artificial about this beer. With a taste reminiscent of fruit leather, the flavor is certainly aggressive in it's sheer determination to cram that pound of cherries down your damn throat. It deftly walks the fine line between sweet and tart and carries with it a jolt of juicy, cheek-pinching acidity. The malted wheat and hops definitely take a backseat to the deep, strong cherry fruitiness. God, I hope you like cherries. The high level of carbonation in the beer does well to bring a much-needed levity to what otherwise would be a heavy body. You do like cherries, right? Overall, a deliciously unique beverage, though I suspect some may be left angrily shouting the catchphrase "Where's the Beer?"

Photo of julian
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had this before, but recently acquired another bottle in trade for review purposes and so the gf could try.

A: Beautiful shimmering crimson color with golden brown rum-like highlights when held up to the light. Nice clarity! Lots of fluffy off-white head, decent retention with a little oily lacing. This looks tasty!

S: Holy cherry tootsie roll aroma batman! This has an intense sweet cherry aroma wrapped in caramel and dipped in vanilla. Stings the nostrils, but in a good way :) This kickstarts the taste buds and makes your mouth water.

T: Tastes even better than it smells, if that's possible. This is a beautifully delicious concoction of concentrated cherry flavors, mixed with an amazing melody of caramel, oaky vanilla and marshmallow. Nice body thanks to the wheat addition, and well balanced by some hops. The bitterness is barely noticeable but clearly this would be a lot sweeter and possibly cloying without what seems to be a perfect balance of bittering making this beer absolutely a delight to drink.

M: Nicely carbonated, great balance and flavor, finishes on the sweet side but leaves an awesome taste anyway.

D: I could drink this all night. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this beer. Amazing.

Photo of VashonGuy
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WeisGuy
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - hazy, ruby red with lots of bubbles, small head around the edges with a little retention, small lacing as well

s - tart cherries exploding from the glass, the description on the label doesn't lie, smells like there is a pound of fresh cherries in there

t - intense sweetness up front with the tart cherries then engulfing the mouth, finish is long and sweet with lingering cherry flavor, slight sourness as well

m - light bodied, lots of carbonation, feels more like a slightly flat champagne in the mouth than any beer I've had, finish is quite dry

d - although quite sweet, I think I could sip on this stuff all night, definitely a change of pace beer though, not an everyday drinker

I've had this bottle sitting around since my trip to Madison over a month ago. Finally decided to crack it open tonight, and it was well worth the wait. New Glarus has certainly produced a beer like no other beer I'm familiar with. Great beer for something different and I can't imagine a better example of the style. Well worth any trouble you have getting your hands on this one.

Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to GV for getting this to me! Shared w/ sckressler.

Wow! This beer is a winner on all counts. Even the bottle is cool. It poured a nice bold red into the glass with some carbonation popping up to the top. Not much head, or lacing but everything else seems to be in place here.
Smells absolutely terrific. Cherry explosion. Smells like I fell into a vat of red cherries with some malt backbone.
Tastes amazing. Super smooth with a slight maltiness to balance it out. Tiny bit of tartness does not linger and is pleasant to the finish. I would come back again and again.

Finger licking good!

Photo of mgbickel
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml bottle with the wife. Poured into a Piraat tulip.

A thin layer of buttercream colored foam formed from the semi-aggressive pour. The body is a murky brownish-maroon. The bubbles vanished quickly leaving behind very, very little lace.

Man...there is no denying what the main ingredient is here...cherries all day long! Think Smith Bros. meet your grandpap's pipe tobacco.

The cherry sweetness starts the taste off. A fizzy center turns tart before a sour aftertaste creeps under your tongue. Once again,
I am getting a tobacco flavor lingering in the background.

Medium bodied...fizzy with bunches of carbonation.

This is a wonderful offering. Complex flavors, body and fantastic nose. I really, really wish this was available closer to home!!

Photo of Shaimless
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,809 ratings.